Friday, July 15, 2011

Hokey Pokey on Rock Creek Creek Parkway

I've been reading about the newly announced traffic patterns to get in and out of Rock Creek Parkway during the reconstruction of the Cathedral Avenue and Calvert Street access roads, and it puts me in mind of the Hokey Pokey. You put your right foot in, you take your right foot out, you put your right foot in and you shake it all about... But the thing about the Hokey Pokey is that the song tells you what to do and when to do it. The Rock Creek Parkway Hokey Pokey would be a lot more memorable if the moves could be fit to the music. Unfortunately, the ins and outs are a bit too complicated to sum up in so few syllables.

Here's the Cathedral Avenue verse:

You put your car in (starting Monday, July 18 from 7:00 to 9:15am)
You take your car out (all other times at that location)
...and you'll do the pokey part of the trip on the 1.2 mile segment from Beach Drive to P Street due to reconstruction that began last fall and will continue through winter.

Here's the Calvert Street verse:

You put your car in (starting July 18 from 7:00 to 9:15am)
You can't take your car out (since the exit ramp is closed at all other times)
So you'd better have another exit in mind or you'll have to turn your car around....
That's what it's all about!

If you think it's too much trouble to try to remember those words, with or without music, we suggest you enter and exit via the Massachusetts Avenue access road at Waterside Drive NW, which still follows its usual rush hour/non rush hour patterns.

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